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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

Final Thoughts for the Evening.
Glenn Reynolds, of Instapundit, also has a column at MSNBC.
I can’t say it better than he does in this column.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

Once again, Mr Bush says it right, just as Reagan did all those years ago.

Statement by President Bush
Posted: February 1, 2003

My fellow Americans, this day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Mission Control in Houston lost contact with our Space Shuttle Columbia. A short time later, debris was seen falling from the skies above Texas. The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors.

On board was a crew of seven: Colonel Rick Husband; Lt. Colonel Michael Anderson; Commander Laurel Clark; Captain David Brown; Commander William McCool; Dr. Kalpana Chawla; and Ilan Ramon, a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force. These men and women assumed great risk in the service to all humanity.

In an age when space flight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy to overlook the dangers of travel by rocket, and the difficulties of navigating the fierce outer atmosphere of the Earth. These astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more.

All Americans today are thinking, as well, of the families of these men and women who have been given this sudden shock and grief. You’re not alone. Our entire nation grieves with you. And those you loved will always have the respect and gratitude of this country.

The cause in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on.

In the skies today we saw destruction and tragedy. Yet farther than we can see there is comfort and hope. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.

May God bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless America.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

At a time like this, you can’t help but think of Challenger. I’ve been listening to the talking heads accidentally say Challenger when they mean Columbia all morning.

Here’s what Ronald Reagan said, 1/28/86. Change the name of the Shuttle, and his words still speak today.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

There are some days that you remember. Seems like there are more and more as time goes on. 12/7/41, 11/22/63, 1/28/86, 9/11/01, and now this. 2/1/03. Here’s a biography of the crew of STS-107, the Columbia Astronauts.

One of the bloggers keeping track of all this is of course, InstaPundit. I have the link to the right.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

At a time like this, you can’t help but think of Challenger. I’ve been listening to the talking heads accidentally say Challenger when they mean Columbia all morning.
Here’s what Ronald Reagan said, 1/28/86. Change the name of the Shuttle, and his words still speak today.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

There are some days that you remember. Seems like there are more and more as time goes on. 12/7/41, 11/22/63, 1/28/86, 9/11/01, and now this. 2/1/03. Here’s a biography of the crew of STS-107, the Columbia Astronauts.
One of the bloggers keeping track of all this is of course, InstaPundit. I have the link to the right.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

North Korea. Here’s a great shot of the nuclear power plant causing all the fuss. Very cool, and at the same time very scary.

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Posted by Mark on February 1, 2003

Hugh Hewitt takes dead aim at Mr Daschle, and hits the mark. While a little over the top, his views of Daschle’s ignorance are insightful.

WorldNetDaily: Daschle’s lowest blow

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